[ sing-kuh-pey-tid, sin- ]

  1. marked by syncopation: syncopated rhythm.

  2. cut short; abbreviated.

Origin of syncopated

1655–65; <Late Latin syncopāt(us) (see syncopate) + -ed2

Other words from syncopated

  • un·syn·co·pat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby syncopated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use syncopated in a sentence

  • Just at present our young people are going mad over ragtimes, apparently because syncopated rhythms are new to them.

  • That night he would seek in the native quarter the whining and syncopated tunes of the East.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • He bolted and sidled in a ragged syncopated gait, snorting and flinging his head angrily.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • The conversation, very desultory, was syncopated by Jack Cardigan talking about "mid-off."

  • A Schuetzen Park picnic was gathering itself under the arches, to the syncopated tune of a brass band.

    The Readjustment | Will Irwin